Dollar Store Ruffled Stockings
I was at the Dollar Tree yesterday and I came across these stockings. The price was certainly right. So I bought three and figured I would come up with an idea to dress them up so that they didn’t look like Dollar Tree stockings. This project was super easy. It took about an hour for three stockings, and was inexpensive too.
I took rolls of organza in silver and white. I purchased these on eBay for $2.50 per roll, shipping included. I had bought them to add ruffles to my tree skirt to make it larger because we have a bigger tree this year and you can’t see it. This will be a post later on, once it’s finished! I decided the tree skirt wasn’t the only thing I was going to ruffle!
I created the ruffles with hot glue. It’s just like a lot of the bloggers are doing now with one difference. I am using organza which is a bit sheer, so I doubled over the fabric and used the hot glue both to make the ruffle and to seal the ends. It actually gave my ruffles more body too. One warning, the glue seeps through the organza, so only use a cool melt glue gun or you will get burned. I used a cool temp glue gun and it still kind of hurt!
I did the ruffles first, and then added them to the stockings later. To add to the stockings, start your seam on the back of your stocking. In my case I made the back of my stocking be the actual front because I was afraid the design would show through the organza. It did not, but better safe than sorry.
Draw a line of hot glue across the stocking just underneath the folded over cap on the stocking, high enough to hide the hot glue part of your ruffle. Place your ruffle on the hot glue. Continue around the stocking until you reach where you started and fold it over and glue it so you don’t have a cut edge of organza showing.
You may be wondering why I am going from top to bottom when it’s easier to attach ruffles going the other way instead of having to constantly lift up the other row to put the glue down. There are two reasons for this. First, it’s hard to keep the bottom straight without the straight lines of ruffles above it. Second, I wanted to make sure the top ruffle was in exactly the right spot. I might have ended up with only a tiny bit of ruffle showing on top if I started from the bottom. So while it is a little more work, it’s worth it!
I started with a row of white to contrast against the silver cap and then alternated rows with the silver organza. You don’t have to go completely around both sides of the stocking. If you want to use less ruffles, just wrap it about an inch around the back so no one will know. I ended up doing one that was completely wrapped and then the other two I just wrapped an inch around. You really can’t tell which one is completely wrapped.
Other than some mildly burned fingers, this ended up being a super fast and cheap project! Not bad for a dollar store stocking. I’d love to hear what you think!
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